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Easter: Transport Unions Caution Members

Posted: Mar 21, 2016 at 1:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

The National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) and the Road Transport Employers Association (RTEAN) on Sunday urged their members to observe all traffic regulations on the highways during Easter.
Alhaji Tajudeen Agbede, Lagos State Chairman of NURTW, and Alhaji Musa Muhammed, his RTEAN counterpart, made the plea in in Lagos.
Agbede urged members of the union to adhere to traffic laws in the state, saying that obeying traffic laws would ensure the safety of drivers and passengers.
He said the union has spent a lot of money on print and electronic media to educate members on the need to obey traffic laws in their operations.
“We also have jingles instructing members to comply with all directives in the interest of all. We have established a task force across the state to support us in enforcement. If all of us obey traffic laws, even with the poor condition of our roads, we will be safe and everyone will get to his or her destination safely,” Agbede insisted.
He, however, urged traffic and safety managers to also enforce regulations to check carnages on the highways.
Agbede, who expressed support for the newly introduced mobile courts for traffic offenders, said “compliance would improve after a traffic offender experiences delay and is unable to earn his projected daily income.”
The NURTW boss said that the union had begun public enlightenment campaign for commercial bus drivers across major parks on the mobile courts.
“We also displayed billboards and banners at strategic places to remind drivers and okada riders of the Do’s and Don’ts of the state traffic law,’’ he said.
Agbede, added that the union would intensify efforts to discourage the sale of alcohol at motor parks.
On his part, Muhammed said that the association had embarked on awareness programme for members of the union to adhere to traffic laws.
The RTEAN boss urged passengers to also caution drivers whenever they flout traffic regulations.
“All road users, not only the commercial vehicle operators, should obey the law because the road signs are there. It is unfortunate that majority of motorists do not obey the rules, but we need to talk to ourselves to obey simple rules,” Muhammed said.
The chairman also commended the state government for lighting up major roads in the state as well as the construction of 114 inner roads to ease traffic snarls.
He said that the lighting project would not only beautify the state but also help ensure security.
Muhammed expressed confidence that commercial bus operators could now operate at night without fear.